So the news is out that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb will direct the Spider-Man reboot for Sony, plus two more installments after that. While the man only has one feature film under his belt -- and a hallucinatory musical rom-com, at that -- he's directed dozens of music videos since the late 1990s, which makes him as qualified as any music-video-director-turned-auteur. But what will the appropriately-named director bring to this blockbuster franchise, besides hundreds of terribly punny headlines? (Our favorite: "500 Days of Spiders.") We examined his relatively limited resume to see what we might expect in Spidey 2.0.
1. More Musical Numbers
After Sam Raimi's cluttered third installment, we were all set for less singing from Mary Jane and less (read: zero) dancing from Peter Parker. But given Webb's musical background, music is sure to be a bigger part of the movie, with a heavy punk-rock/gothic-metal soundtrack. And while choreographed dancing probably isn't on the table, we expect a lot of music-video imagery, like Spider-Man on a rooftop in the rain, or Peter moving normally while everyone else looks like they're underwater.
2. More Bittersweet Romance
We get it, Spidey and MJ have a love for the ages, but man, we're getting a little tired of the "will they or won't they" relationship drama. Now that the characters are in high school again, we guess the engagement is off, but let's make MJ a little more independent this time around, and not continually shuttling between different men. Also, let's keep her out of the thick of things -- can Spidey please just fight a living vampire without having to save MJ from certain death for once?
3. A Disjointed Timeline
The time-jumping narrative of (500) Days was a fun way to look at the relationship's high and low points, but we're not sure how that might work for a traditional heroic adventure. Does the villain get defeated in the first act? Does Peter attend his fifth-period class before his third-period class? Do we not find out how Mac Gargan became a human scorpion until the final minutes? These are our concerns.
4. Familiar Faces
While Joseph Gordon-Levitt is far too old to play a high-school-age Peter Parker (stop suggesting it, you dopes!), we wouldn't mind seeing him as a villain, after he submerged himself in the role of the menacingly disfigured Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe. Zooey Deschanel might be a little too sunny to play a villainess (not that Spidey has many), but we could see her taking Elizabeth Banks' spot as Daily Bugle receptionist Betty Brant. Plus, since Webb directed the videos for "Clumsy," London Bridge" and "Party People," can we get a Fergie cameo up in this joint? What what?
5. Christ Imagery
Before this news broke, Webb was slated to direct a slightly more musical feature -- a remake of Jesus Christ Superstar. Since he already seems to have a thing for religious iconography -- the image of a white lamb appears frequently in his music videos -- expect to see Spidey get crucified at some point, or possibly betrayed while having dinner.
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